Warm and welcoming, cottage style is effortless and translates perfectly into the holiday season. Mix old and new for a flexible Christmas decorating style that you can make your own -- here¿s how Kelly, the blogger at Talk of the House, shows off her cottage style.View Video
In need of a creative addition to your cookie exchange party or a tasty gift for friends and family? Look no further than our collection of irresistible cookie-in-a-jar recipes. Each holiday-ready gift takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and features layer upon layer of favorite cookie, brownie, or blondie mix-ins.View Slideshow
Get ready for the Christmas season with our clever tricks to simplify the holidays. Including crafty Christmas wrapping ideas, must-try ideas for hosting guests, and why-didn't-I-think-of-that Christmas shortcuts, our tips for the holiday season are guaranteed to make your life easier.View Slideshow
Have yourself a crafty little Christmas with these quick DIY gifts.
These sweet "puffs" look deliciously rustic, thanks to a wonderful mix of textures: even-weave fabric, wool scraps and floss, chenille yarn, and wire for hangers.
Unassuming makeup powder puffs give this exquisite wreath a crisp white foundation, the perfect backdrop for an assortment of sparkly embellishments.
Put your love of family on full display this holiday season with a quick and easy wreath. Simply add black-and-white photos and rub-on phrases to chipboard circles. Embellish as desired with rhinestones and ribbon, and tie them to a wreath.
Add holiday style to a metal star with Yuletide scrapbooking papers and tinsel. Simply trace the star points for the patterns and use a glue stick to adhere papers. Hot-glue trim, as shown, to frame and accent the star.
Give new purpose to old aerosol can caps. Wash and dry the caps (found on hairspray bottles, household cleaners, spray paint, etc.) thoroughly. For each cap, cut several ribbons long enough to wrap around the cap with a 1/2-inch overlap. Hot-glue ribbons around the cap, gluing one at the bottom and one at the top first. Add more ribbons in the center to cover the cap. Hot-glue a chenille stem piece around the top edge. Fill with wrapped candies to give as party favors.
Display favorite winter pictures in frames crafted especially for the season. Decoupage Christmas scrapbooking papers onto wide picture frames. (The frames should have a flat surface.) Use a clear glue to adhere round, clear polished stones to the frames. Let the glue dry and add your favorite photos.
Whether you want to whip up a last-minute gift or adorn your own kitchen for the holidays, it's hard to choose a favorite to stitch from among these versatile embroidery designs. These motifs would look equally at home embellishing tea towels or stockings. For an even faster finish, trace the stitches with a marker to decorate holiday note cards or place cards.
Refashion holiday cards into charming tree decorations. Cut side, roof, and base shapes from Christmas cards. Cut, fold, and use crafts glue to secure the seams and pieces. Embellish the houses with additional motifs from the cards, or add a bit of snowy shimmer by coating the bases or rooftops with crafts glue and a dusting of glitter.
Set a sweet, wintry scene with cutout cookies. While cookies are warm, cut a 1/4-inch-wide slit from bottom to center in half the cookies. Cut from top to center in the other half of the batch; let cookies cool. Gently slide cookies together and decorate with purchased icing. Use additional icing to secure trees to cake stand. Sprinkle sugar around the trees to look like snow-covered ground.
Make a cozy stocking for your mantel from an old holiday sweater. Use our pattern to cut one stocking front from sweater, a felt stocking back, and a lining. Cut one stocking shape from fusible webbing. Follow manufacturer's instructions to fuse stocking front to felt lining. Sew decorative trim, such as buttons, pom-poms, or fringe, to stocking front. Sew stocking front to felt back around edges, using a 1/4-inch seam, leaving an opening at the top.
For a yummy brunch idea, this muffin tree is sure to please. Using wooden toothpicks or skewers, attach miniature muffins to an icing-covered foam cone. Fill gaps with candies and decorate muffin tops with icing. Get creative with other pastries, too, like powdered-sugar doughnuts or mini bagels.
Brilliant blue felt provides a bold background for a contemporary pear. Cut a 20-by-34-inch rectangle from felt. Shape and trim the bottom edge as desired. Fold down 2 inches of top edge to the back, creating a pocket for a dowel. Find a holiday pattern you love online and cut it from felt. Use fabric glue to adhere the shapes to the banner background. Insert the dowel through the pocket; tie ribbon to the dowel ends for hanging.
A sophisticated alternative to the version made from gingerbread and candy, this tiny village is crafted from sturdy mat board or cardstock and embellished with paint, glitter, and seasonal delights.